Boise State vs. Nevada: Broncos Preview, TV Schedule, Odds, Picks
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WEEK 11: Boise State Broncos (6-3) vs. Nevada Wolf Pack (2-7)
WHEN: Saturday, November 12th — 8:30 PM MT/7:30 PM PT
WHERE: Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV
WEATHER: High of 46, Partly Cloudy
STREAMING: Fans can sign up to receive a free one-week trial of FuboTV, which includes CBSSN
SERIES RECORD: Boise State leads the all-time series 30-14. Nevada won last season’s matchup, 41-31, at Boise State
LAST WEEK: Boise State lost to BYU, 31-28, while Nevada lost 35-28 against San Jose State.
WEBSITES: BroncoSports.com, the official Boise State athletics website | NevadaWolfpack.com, the official Nevada athletics website.
ODDS: Boise State -21
Boise State Vs Nevada: Game Preview, How To Watch, Odds, Prediction
The 2022 season has been a brutal one for the Nevada Wolf Pack. They knew they would likely have to replace two-time Offensive player of the year QB Carson Strong at the end of last year, they could not have predicted the mass exodus of their coaching staff and many additional players at the end of the 2021 season, putting the Wolf Pack is in the midst of a surprise rebuild. Boise State comes in coming off a home loss to BYU in their final game of a decade-old rivalry but has been on an upward trend after a 2-2 start to the season. Both teams are looking to get back on track with a win Saturday night, although it seems to be a much larger hill to climb for the Wolf Pack.
Keys to Victory
Make The Adjustments:
Hopefully, after a week of practice, the Bronco defense can make the halftime adjustments that never came last week. The Bronco’s secondary was torched last week, and though Nevada is a big step down from BYU, there still needs to be a better game plan than what was executed last week. Nevada had been going between quarterbacks Shane Illingworth and Nate Cox, who is 6’9” in case you haven’t heard, and both have struggled to produce only four passing touchdowns between them on the year. Illingworth is the less mobile of the two and has been sacked 17 times so far this season, so the Boise State front seven should be able to apply enough pressure to allow the secondary to be less concerned about slow-developing routes.
Keep the Toolbox Open:
Boise State has been keeping many players involved on offense this season. Since Dirk Koetter and Taylen Green took over, the Bronco have averaged five players getting a carry and almost eight players getting a reception per game. Some of this has been due to having a significant lead against Colorado State and backups coming in, but even in close games against Air Force and BYU, the Broncos have had nine and eight different plays catch a pass, respectively. This versatility and production, regardless of who is on the field, allows Koetter to continue to expand his play selection as the team gets more comfortable with his plays.
Remember Colorado State:
Two weeks ago, a key to victory was for the Broncos not to overlook Colorado State in preparation for their matchup against BYU, and the same could be said this week. With a game at Wyoming next week being the toughest matchup Boise State has the rest of the regular season, it would be easy to overlook a Wolf Pack team averaging just 17 points per game in conference play this season. Head coach Andy Avolos’ mantra of the goal is to go 1-0 every week, has kept the team focus for games like this earlier in the season and should be able to continue this week.
While the team can’t be overconfident, fans are more than welcome to be. Coming off a loss and playing a team that beat you at home last year are great motivators for the Broncos this week, and adding in the fact that Nevada is brutally bad this year, Boise State should have no problems putting up 40-plus points against this Wolf Pack team. The Broncos will easily win and should comfortably cover the 21-point spread for this game.
Boise State 52, Nevada 13